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    Boston's Rafael Devers led off the seventh inning with a double to end a no-hit bid by Baltimore Orioles right-hander Asher Wojciechowski. Making his fourth start of the season, Wojciechowski was 0-3 with a 5.74 ERA going into Sunday's game against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Facing the highest-scoring team in the majors, Wojciechowski allowed only two baserunners and had a career-high nine strikeouts through six innings. Although Devers broke up the no-hitter with a liner off the right-field wall, Wojciechowski completed the inning without giving up a run. The Orioles lead 4-0 against Andrew Cashner, who was traded to Boston from Baltimore just eight days earlier. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Rain is no stranger to the British Open. Wet and windy weather is pretty common in Northern Ireland, too. But the adverse conditions on the final day of this year's tournament, the first time golf's oldest major has been across the Irish Sea since 1951, was evident in the scoring Sunday at Royal Portrush. Tony Finau was the only player who managed even par from the final 20 players who teed off. J.B. Holmes, in the penultimate pairing, shot 87. 'We got the worst of it,' Finau said after his 71 gave him a third-place finish, eight shots behind British Open champion Shane Lowry. 'It started raining and blowing sideways.' The R&A decided to move tee times up an hour for the final round in an effort to avoid the worst of the expected heavy rain and wind on Sunday. If they did miss it, they didn't miss much. The rain started to come down hard in the afternoon on the Dunluce Links, lashing players and fans, nearly all of them in their foul-weather gear. The wind was blowing strong, too, breaking umbrellas and forcing many a player into some tricky shots out of the rough brush that line the thin fairways. 'I felt like I played three different tournaments at this point,' said Jon Rahm, a contender early in the tournament who ended up at 3 under after a 75 on Sunday. 'I will say this is proper Open Championship weather to become a champion. You can say you truly became a champion on a perfect Open Championship day. Rain, wind, difficult. Whoever gets to do it, they will be called a champion.' That champion was Lowry, an Irishman who has been through bad weather on a golf course many times in his 32 years. And he handled the problems just fine, even on Sunday when it was at its worst and the pressure was immense, by shooting a 1-over 72 but still increasing his lead from four shots to six. It was the first time since 1996 that the winner was over par in the final round. 'It was unbelievably difficult out there, especially when that really bad rain showed up,' Lowry said. 'It was just so difficult. I kept saying to myself, 'Bogeys are not going to hurt me, so let's just keep the ball in play.'' Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion who was born and raised in Portrush, was impressed with both the weather and the man who won the claret jug. 'I think the players got sunshine, they got flat calm, they got a bit of breeze from different directions and they got a little Portrush Armageddon,' said McDowell, who shot a 77 and finished 4 over. 'The afternoon they got yesterday really was the calm before the storm. For Shane to win that under duress was extremely impressive.' The British Open had only been played once outside of Scotland and England in all its years, when it was at Royal Portrush in 1951. The return this year was greeted with much fanfare from the locals, and the players and visitors have spoken glowingly about the tournament. But it was the players who actually had to endure the worst of the inclement conditions while trying to do their best at their jobs. 'This is probably one of the hardest tests as far as with this condition, just because this golf course, how penal it is on both sides of the fairways,' said Ricky Fowler, who shot a 74 and finished at 5 under after hitting his opening tee shot out-of-bounds on Sunday. 'Maybe not blowing as hard as I've seen it blow in an Open Championship, but probably some of the hardest conditions I've seen, just because of the golf course and the way it is.' ___ More AP golf: https://apnews.com/apf-Golf and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Latest on the Baseball Hall of Fame Inductions (all times local): ___ 3:40 p.m. Edgar Martinez has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. A seven-time All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger Award winner for Seattle, where he spent his entire 18-year career, Martinez delivered the first part of his speech in Spanish before congratulating the other five inductees. 'I am honored and humbled to be standing here,' who was born in New York and grew up in Puerto Rico. 'It is hard to believe that a dream that started when I was 10 years old (ended here). The first time I saw Roberto Clemente all I wanted to do was play the game. What an honor to have my plaque in the Hall alongside his.' Martinez won two AL batting titles and led the league in on-base percentage three times and was named the outstanding designated hitter five times, an award that now bears his name. When he retired, Martinez was one of only six players in history with a .300 batting average, .400 on-base percentage, .500 slugging percentage, 500 doubles and 300 home runs. Martinez's walkoff double to win the 1995 AL Division Series endeared him forever to the fans in the Pacific Northwest. 'Fans, I am so fortunate,' Martinez said. 'Thank you for always being there for me. The support you gave me really helped me get here today. I am so glad I stayed with you until the end of my career. 'This is a day I could never imagine happening when I was growing up in Puerto Rico. Honestly, there were times over the last 10 years I wasn't sure it was going to happen. I am so grateful and proud,' he said. ___ 2:55 p.m. Harold Baines has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The soft -spoken Baines never displayed much emotion in his 22-year career, but his voice cracked throughout his speech. 'Somehow I acquired a reputation for not saying much. I'm not sure why,' he deadpanned at the start. 'From teachers to coaches who showed me kindness and discipline, I thank you all for what you've done for me. If I can leave you with one message, it's to give back to your community. I stand here very humbled. It has taken time to sink in.' Baines, the first overall pick in the 1977 draft by the White Sox, played 22 seasons for the White Sox, Rangers, Athletics, Orioles and Indians, was a six-time All-Star, and twice won the Outstanding Designated Hitter Award. An eight-time .300 hitter who reached the 20-homer mark in 11 seasons, Baines drove in at least 90 runs eight times and ranks 34th on the all-time list with 1,628 RBIs. He retired with 2,866 hits and 1,628 RBIs, one of only 17 players in MLB history to have reached both 2,800 hits and 1,600 RBIs. Baines saved his last moments to pay tribute to the White Sox and to his family, thanking his mom and dad and wife Marla, who also had to hold back tears. 'You are the true Hall of Famer of our family,' Baines said as he looked out at his wife. 'The game has given us a lot of shared moments, memories like today. Your presence here today makes my journey complete.' ___ 2:55 p.m. The late Roy Halladay has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. His widow, Brandy, delivered the speech and fought back tears as she spoke. The 40-year-old Halladay was killed in a plane crash in November 2017. 'I knew I was going to cry at some point. It's overwhelming the amount of people here today,' she said. 'I'm so grateful you're here. I can't tell you how many hugs I've gotten. They have extended so much love and friendship. I'm so grateful. 'The thank yous should and could go on for days. There are not enough words to thank you. I say it a lot, but it takes a village.' Halladay amassed a 203-105 record and a 3.38 ERA and 2,117 strikeouts over 416 regular season games and was 3-2 with a 2.37 ERA through five postseason starts, all with Philadelphia. He spent his last four seasons with the Phils and 12 seasons with the Blue Jays from 1998-2009 and became just the second pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter in the postseason, opening the 2010 NL Division Series with one against the Cincinnati Reds in the first playoff start of his career. He also pitched a perfect game that season. The family decided that there would be no logo on his plaque because both organizations meant a lot to Halladay. 'He was a true competitor ready to do whatever it took to give his team the best chance to win,' Brandy said. 'I think Roy would rather be remembered who he was, not how he performed on the field. I am so humbled to say thank you to all of you on Roy's behalf.' ___ 2:35 p.m. Mike Mussina has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Mussina, a right-hander who starred in college for Stanford, pitched for 18 major league seasons and spent his entire career in the high-scoring AL East with the Orioles and Yankees. A five-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove winner, he posted a record of 270-153, pitching 3,362 2/3 innings with 2,813 strikeouts, 785 walks and an ERA of 3.68. He also had 57 complete games in 536 starts and was the first AL pitcher to win at least 10 games 17 times. Mussina thanked his wife and family, his mom, dad and brother Mark and the coaches who guided his career through the years. 'I spent a lot of time reflecting on my time in baseball,' said Mussina, the oldest first-time 20-game winner in MLB history when he reached the milestone at age 39 in 2008, his final season in the majors. 'I was never fortunate to win a Cy Young Award or be a World Series champion, win 300 games or strike out 3,000 hitters. My opportunities for those achievements are in the past. Today, I get to become a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. This time I made it.' The late Frank Robinson and Willie McCovey were honored with a moment of silence before Mussina was introduced. The two Hall of Famers died since last year's induction ceremony. ___ 1:45 p.m. The Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony has begun. The 56 members are being introduced. Former New York Yankees star Bernie Williams will perform 'The Star-Spangled Banner' and 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' outside Clark Music Center in Cooperstown. Williams played on four World Series championship teams for the Yankees and was a teammate of new inductees Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera. Williams is a jazz guitarist who was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for his 2009 album 'Moving Forward.' He discovered his passion for music at an early age in his native Puerto Rico. More than 50 Hall of Famers will be on the dais to honor the Class of 2019. First to be honored will be Mussina, while Rivera, the first unanimous selection to the Hall of Fame, will speak last. ___ 11:15 a.m. A large crowd is beginning to gather for Sunday's Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown. Local officials are predicting a crowd of at least 50,000, and despite sweltering heat, most spots in the field outside Clark Sports Center already have been staked out. Temperatures are predicted to climb into the mid-80s during the ceremony honoring the six new inductees, but a nice breeze has made it comfortable for the fans. Relievers Mariano Rivera and Lee Smith, starters Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay and designated hitters Edgar Martinez and Harold Baines will be feted. Rivera is the first player in history to be unanimously voted into the Hall of Fame. Former Yankees teammates Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are expected to be in the audience. The ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Harry Kane smashed the winning goal from the halfway line as Tottenham beat Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus 3-2 in a pre-season friendly on Sunday. Kane struck in the 93rd minute of the International Champions Cup at Singapore's National Stadium with a first-time shot from just inside the Juventus half that went over former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. 'It's probably one of the best goals in my career,' the Spurs striker said. 'I saw him (Szczesny) off his line and fortunately it went in.' Erik Lamela put Spurs ahead on the half-hour mark, and Juventus replied with goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Ronaldo. Lucas Moura came off the bench to level. It was Maurizio Sarri's first match as Juventus coach. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • A large crowd is beginning to gather for Sunday's Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown. Local officials are predicting a crowd of around 50,000, and despite sweltering heat, most spots in the field outside Clark Sports Center already have been staked out. Temperatures are predicted to climb into the mid-80s during the ceremony honoring the six new inductees. Relievers Mariano Rivera and Lee Smith, starters Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay and designated hitters Edgar Martinez and Harold Baines will be feted. Rivera is the first player in history to be unanimously voted into the Hall of Fame. Former Yankees teammates Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are expected to be in the audience. The ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • When one French rider starts to fade, another comes to the fore. One way or the other, France may still be on course for its first Tour de France winner since 1985. Dancing over his saddle, his mouth wide open and gasping for air, Thibaut Pinot launched a ferocious attack Sunday and profited from the first signs of weakness in the high mountains from French race leader Julian Alaphilippe to edge closer to the yellow jersey in the overall standings. Ascending the last uphill finish in the Pyrenees with a display of power and fluidity that signaled that he'll also be a major contender to win the Tour, Pinot gained time on all his rivals for the second consecutive day following his triumph at the famed Tourmalet mountain in the previous stage. Heading to the second and final rest day Monday ahead of what promises to be a climactic final week in the Alps, the race is exquisitely poised. Six riders are all within 2 minutes, 14 seconds of each other at the top of the standings. The six terrible ascents above 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) in the Alps, peppered over three mountain stages, will likely decide who will stand on top of the podium on the Champs-Elysees next Sunday. 'The high mountains have only just begun,' said Alaphilippe. 'The Alps are going to be a big mouthful.' Surging from the mist and rain, Pinot crossed the finish line of Sunday's Stage 15 in second place, 33 seconds behind Simon Yates, who posted a second stage win after a long solo raid, three days after his first stage victory in the southwestern mountain range. The 29-year-old Pinot was irresistible when he made his move seven kilometers from the summit. Only Emanuel Buchmann and defending champion Geraint Thomas' teammate Egan Bernal could follow. But Pinot accelerated again about 2 kilometers later to drop them for good. Pinot moved to fourth place overall, 1 minute, 50 seconds behind Alaphilippe. 'The weather conditions and the stage were good for me, I had good sensations, I needed to make the most of it,' said Pinot. 'I need to keep going up in the general classification, the most difficult stages are looming.' While Pinot was escorted by his faithful Groupama-FDJ teammate David Gaudu in the final ascent toward Prat d'Albis, Alaphilippe was isolated without a single teammate to help him in the 12-kilometer climb and cracked, yet managed to salvage his yellow jersey. Alaphilippe was so exhausted after his effort up the hill, where he grimaced through the rain, that he had to grip a roadside barrier afterward while he caught his breath. 'If I crack I hope he'll carry the torch for the French,' Alaphilippe said about Pinot. Thomas, who had already conceded time to Pinot at the Tourmalet, remained second in the general classification. He got dropped when Pinot took the lead from a reduced group of contenders but did not panic. He rode at his pace until he accelerated with 1.5 kilometers left to cut the overall gap on Alaphilippe from 2 minutes, 2 seconds to 1:35. Steven Kruijswijk of the Netherlands stood third overall, 1:47 off the pace. Thomas said after the stage he could have tried to follow Pinot earlier but instead opted for a conservative approach because he did not want to bring back Alaphilippe to the front. Bernal was with Pinot and the Welshman would not take the risk of chasing down their common rival. Bernal, a Colombian with excellent climbing skills, remains involved in the fight for the yellow jersey, 2:02 behind Alaphilippe. 'I felt better than yesterday but I needed to try to pace it when it all kicked off,' Thomas said. 'It's a difficult one, tactics wise. I wanted to go, I had the legs to go but I wasn't going to chase down Egan Bernal with Alaphilippe on my wheel.' Coming right after the ascent of the Tourmalet, Stage 15 ran close to the ancient Cathar castles and was a punishing ride totaling more than 39 kilometers of climbing. Alaphilippe was so exhausted after his effort up the hill, where he grimaced and dribbled through the rain, that he had to grip a roadside barrier afterward while he caught his breath. 'If I crack I hope he'll carry the torch for the French,' Alaphilippe said about Pinot. Yates, the Vuelta defending champion, was given a free reign by the peloton when he took part in an early breakaway as he was not a threat overall. He made his decisive move about 9 kilometers from the line. 'I'm very proud of that,' Yates said of his second victory at this Tour. ___ More Tour de France coverage: https://apnews.com/TourdeFrance
  • Adam Peaty of Britain has become the first man to go under 57 seconds in the 100-meter breaststroke at the world swimming championships. He won his semifinal heat in 56.88 seconds on Sunday night, bettering his old world record of 57.10 set last August in Glasgow, Scotland. Peaty is seeking his third straight world title in the event. He also won the 100 breast at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The final is Monday night. ___ More AP swimming: https://apnews.com/tag/Swimming and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Katie Ledecky is usually there in the end, her endurance powering her to the wall well ahead of the competition. Someone else got there first at the world championships on Sunday night. Ariarne Titmus of Australia chased down Ledecky over the last lap to win the 400-meter freestyle and deny the American star a record fourth straight title. It was Ledecky's first defeat in the event at a major international meet since 2013. 'This stings a little,' Ledecky said. 'It's not what I'm used to.' China's Sun Yang was able to do what Ledecky could not: win his record fourth consecutive title in the men's 400 free. As expected, it didn't come without controversy. Sun's rival, Mack Horton of Australia, ignored Sun on the medals podium. They didn't shake hands and Horton didn't even step onto the podium; instead he stood behind it when given his silver medal. Titmus overcame a 0.62-second deficit going into the last lap and won by 1.21 seconds over Ledecky. The 18-year-old Aussie touched in 3 minutes, 58.76 seconds. 'I knew that I probably had that in me,' Titmus said, 'but, yeah, it's pretty surreal at the moment.' Ledecky finished in 3:59.97 — well off her world record of 3:56.46 set at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. 'She ran me right down,' the American said. American Leah Smith took bronze in 4:01.29. An admittedly nervous Ledecky had the slowest last lap of anyone in the eight-woman final. Titmus went 1.83 seconds faster over the last 50 meters. 'I made a move and then I came in at the last turn and felt like I could barely push off,' Ledecky said. 'My legs and arms just tightened up that last 50 and she took advantage of that.' Titmus led through the first 200 meters — dipping under world-record pace on the first lap — before Ledecky moved in front with 250 meters to go. The American was still ahead turning for home. But Titmus pulled even midway through the last lap and surged to the wall first, becoming the first Aussie to win since Tracey Wickham in 1978. 'There was no pressure for me,' Titmus said. 'Katie's a true champion and I'm just happy that my swim was great today, but I'm sure she'll be back to race me again next year.' In the men's 400 free, Sun worked his way from fifth to first and then easily kept Horton at bay over the last lap to surpass Aussie great Ian Thorpe's record of three straight wins. 'This is the greatest achievement in history for the Chinese team,' Sun said through a translator. 'Personally, it's a great start for myself and for the China team as well.' He touched first in 3:42.44. Horton took silver in 2:43.17, while Gabriele Detti of Italy earned bronze in 3:43.23. Sun climbed on the lane rope and waved four fingers on each hand in celebration. He pounded the water and was the last swimmer to leave the pool. Sun got out and thrust his arms in the air to screams and cheers from Chinese fans, who hung banners featuring his face from the stands. 'I was so thankful for my fans,' Sun said. 'I am aware that I have fans and also the haters in the venue, but I was just very satisfied to win.' Sun won his other 400 free titles in 2013, 2015 and 2017. His presence at the world meet has drawn the ire of some swimmers, including Horton and American Lilly King. The Aussie is the only swimmer to beat Sun in the last eight years, taking gold in the 400 free at the Rio Olympics in 2016. That's when Horton called Sun a 'drug cheat' for his three-month doping suspension in 2014. Asked what his overriding emotion was, Horton replied: 'Frustration. I think you know in what respect.' Olympic breaststroke champion King was critical of FINA, the sport's world governing body, for allowing Sun to compete at worlds. 'That's really sketchy and pretty insane,' she said Friday. Sun said, 'I am aware of the rumors that have been going around, but I try to just concentrate on my swimming and I will keep trying to put a lot of effort in my swimming.' On the medals podium, Sun and Detti joined together on the top spot for photos but Horton didn't join them. 'I don't think I need to say anything,' Horton said. 'His actions and how it has been handled speaks louder than anything I could say.' Sun said he was aware Horton has a problem with him. 'Disrespecting me was OK, but disrespecting China was unfortunate,' Sun said. 'I feel sorry about that.' Sun is currently facing alleged doping rule violations that risk a ban from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and he has requested a public trial at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in September to defend himself. The World Anti-Doping Agency is challenging a decision by FINA, swimming's world governing body, merely to warn him over incidents during a doping control team's attempts to take blood and urine samples at his home in China last September, while allowing him to continue competing. 'I don't care about it,' Detti said. 'He won so today he was stronger than us. Next year I'll try to beat him.' In the men's 4x100 freestyle relay, Nathan Adrian anchored the Americans to a victory seven months after announcing he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. Their time of 3:09.06 was a championship record, lowering the mark of 3:09.21 set by the U.S. in 2009 during the high-tech suit era. The women's 4x100 free relay went to Australia in 3:30.21, also a championship record. The U.S. took silver and Canada earned bronze. Adam Peaty of Britain became the first man to go under 57 seconds in the 100 breaststroke. He won his semifinal heat in 56.88 seconds, bettering his old world record of 57.10 set last August in Glasgow, Scotland. Peaty is seeking his third straight world title in the event. He also won the 100 breast at the Rio Olympics. The final is Monday night. ___ More AP swimming: https://apnews.com/tag/Swimming and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Latest on the British Open (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Shane Lowry has won the British Open for his first major title. The 32-year-old Irishman held on through a wet and windy day at Royal Portrush to beat Tommy Fletwood by 6 strokes. Lowry entered the day with a four-stroke lead. He shot 1-over 72 and finished with a 15-under 269 total. It was the second time Lowry went into the final round of a major with a four-stroke lead, but he ended up in a tie for second at the 2016 U.S. Open after shooting a 6-over 76. There was never any major scare on Sunday at the first British Open in Northern Ireland since 1951. Fleetwood got within three strokes after the first hole but never got any closer, finishing with a 3-over 74. ___ 4 p.m. British Open leader Shane Lowry has increased his lead to five strokes at the turn in the final round. Lowry started the day with a four-stroke lead over playing partner Tommy Fleetwood but dropped a shot on the first hole of the day. He rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4, 5 and 7 before bogeys on 8 and 9 put him back at 16 under overall after nine holes. Fleetwood, who briefly closed the deficit to three strokes early in the round, is at 11 under overall and 1 over on the day with nine holes to go. ___ 3:50 p.m. Shane Lowry's lead that dropped to three shots with a bogey at the start is now double that margin as he approaches the turn, six clear of Tommy Fleetwood. Out of the mix is four-time major champion Brooks Koepka, who had a steady stream of mistakes. Koepka needed to charge and instead bogeyed the first four holes. He stopped the slide with an eagle on downwind par-4 fifth hole and settled into pars the rest of the way. Rickie Fowler hit his first shot off a marshal and out-of-bounds. J.B. Holmes also went out-of-bounds on his first tee shot. This is Lowry's show. ___ 1:50 p.m. British Open leader Shane Lowry has teed off in the final round. The Irishman, greeted by loud cheers as he was introduced, was the last player in the field to begin the last round of the tournament at Royal Portrush. He leads at 16 under, four strokes ahead of Tommy Fleetwood — his playing partner on Sunday. Lowry shot 8-under 63 in the third round to give him the 54-hole record in the British Open at 197. ___ 11:10 a.m. Ashton Turner is the first player to complete 72 holes of the British Open, not necessarily a badge of honor because he was in last place going into Sunday. He made the most of it and beat the bad weather with a 3-under 68. There already have been periods of light rain as weather figures to be a big part of the final round. The forecast was for heavy rain at times and gusts approaching 40 mph. It was severe enough for the R&A to move forward the starting times by one hour. Shane Lowry, with a four-shot lead, won the Irish Open as an amateur 10 years ago in nasty weather. He doesn't figure to have a big advantage, though. He is playing with Tommy Fleetwood of Southport, England, which gets its share of bad weather. ___ 10:15 a.m. Shane Lowry of Ireland is one round away from capturing the British Open, and he's not afraid to think about what it could mean. Lowry is coming off the best day of his career when he shot 8-under 63 before a raucous gallery at Royal Portrush. He set the 54-hole tournament record and built a four-shot lead over Tommy Fleetwood. Expectations are high, and Lowry is embracing them. He says it's natural to consider what's at stake, and the more he tries not to think about it only means he'll think about it more. It might be best to look forward. In the last 20 years, only four players have lost a 54-hole lead of four shots or more. One of them was Lowry in the 2016. U.S. Open. ___ More AP golf: https://apnews.com/apf-Golf and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Shane Lowry made the 68 years between British Opens in Northern Ireland worth the wait. The silver claret jug is staying on the Emerald Isle. Lowry, the 32-year-old Irishman with stout nerves and a soft touch around the greens, endured the worst weather of the week and the Sunday pressure of a sellout crowd cheering him along to win the British Open by six shots at Royal Portrush. Even as the rain stopped, the tears began flowing. 'I can't believe this is me standing here,' Lowry said as he cradled golf's oldest trophy. 'I can't believe this is mine.' It was never really in doubt. Lowry closed with a 1-over 72, the first time since 1996 the Open champion was over par in the final round, and it was no less impressive. More difficult than the rain was wind strong enough to break an umbrella. Lowry began making bogeys in the middle of the round without losing ground. No one from the last 12 groups broke par. And no one got closer than three shots all day of Lowry, who finished at 15-under 269. Thousands of fans who filled these links off the North Atlantic began to celebrate when Lowry, after his fourth bogey in seven holes, rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole to stretch his lead to six with three holes to play. Lowry's smile got wider with every hole coming in. When his approach to the 18th was just on the fringe, he stretched out his arms, hugging caddie Bo Martin. The loudest cheer of a raucous week was for a tap-in par that made Lowry a major champion. 'He's done brilliantly,' Lee Westwood said after grinding out a 73 to tie for fourth. 'All the chasers would have wanted tough conditions and he's clearly played brilliantly to be on the score he has, under the pressure he's under.' Tommy Fleetwood had to settle for his second runner-up finish in a major. He missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the opening hole that would have cut the deficit to two, and he missed a 5-footer for par on the third hole. His hopes ended with a double bogey from the bunker and the rough, and he closed with a 74. Tony Finau shot 71 to finish alone in third, though he was never closer than seven shots. Brooks Koepka, going for his fourth major in the last seven, began the final round seven shots behind and opened with four straight bogeys. He shot 74 and tied for fourth. Royal Portrush last hosted the British Open in 1951, the only time it had been outside Scotland and England. It pinned hopes at the start of the week on Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut by one shot. It celebrated Darren Clarke hitting the first tee shot Thursday. The other Ulstersman, Portrush native Graeme McDowell, basked in the loudest cheers he has heard this side of the Ryder Cup when he walked up the 18th green on Sunday. And then along came Lowry, who teamed with McIlroy to bring Irish golf a European Amateur title in 2007, and who won the Irish Open as an amateur 10 years ago. He joins Padraig Harrington as Irishmen to win majors, while McIlroy, McDowell, Clarke and Fred Daly are major champions from Northern Ireland. 'Everyone knows we're all one country when it comes to golf,' Lowry said. It was one big group hug when it ended, starting with his wife and daughter, and his parents. Harrington and McDowell were among those waiting behind the 18th green to share in the celebration, along with Koepka and his caddie, Ricky Elliott, once a promising amateur who grew up at Royal Portrush. 'I didn't feel great out there. It was probably the most uncomfortable I've ever felt on a golf course,' Lowry said. 'You're out there trying to win an Open in your home country, and it's just incredibly difficult.' It showed early when Lowry pulled his tee shot into the rough, hit into a deep bunker well short of the green and had to make an 8-foot putt just to escape with bogey. The wind was picking up and it was relentless for so much of the day. Lowry made his move on the more forgiving start, with three birdies in a four-hole stretch through the par-5 seventh that boosted his lead to six. Everyone except Fleetwood fell back. J.B. Holmes, who shared the 36-hole lead with Lowry until falling back Saturday, really went the wrong direction. He hit his first tee shot out-of-bounds. And it only got worse. He made one birdie and shot 87. Lowry's lead was four shots when he saved par from a bunker left of the par-3 13th. Even on his bogey at the next hole, he added to his lead when Fleetwood hit a poor shot from the fairway bunker into the rough, couldn't get to the green and three-putted for a double bogey. 'I never really got close enough, and Shane played great,' Fleetwood said. 'The conditions were horrendous. It was Shane's time, Shane's tournament.' Lowry shared it with his family who paved the way, the players who inspired him. And after he was introduced as 'champion golfer of the year,' he shared it with thousands of people he didn't even know, all of them crammed along the hillocks and swales, along the edge of the ocean, and who sat in the horseshoe-shaped grandstands under umbrellas waiting for the Irishman to arrive. Holding up the claret jug, Lowry said to them, 'This one's for you.' ___ More AP golf: https://apnews.com/apf-Golf and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports